A pair of adult bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) have been nesting on Staten Island. In 2017, they had two eaglets, whom I filmed with their parents over six days in August and September. In 2018, they also had two eaglets, who were a little harder to spot than the 2017 offspring. There are two babies in 2019, I’m happy to report.
Sunday evening, July 13, 2019, I visited Cunningham Pond at Mount Loretto Unique Area and got to see both young eagles and their parents. Both youngsters put on a show, including one of the kids going after a great blue heron (at 1:20) and winning. (The great blue heron was not at all amused.) I had been to the pond earlier and had seen one young eagle on a snag over the water, but it was so hot the kid was just trying to keep cool. But at 7:30, it got very active and we were rewarded with the youngsters and both parents.
This video is very short, showing the brief confrontation with the heron.
I saw both youngsters on July 7, but was able to photograph only one (the other one was screaming and flying).
Parental supervision, July 7, 2019, Staten Island
On May 22, 2019, I was fortunate to see both of the bald eagles at Mt. Loretto. When I first arrived, around 2:30, I saw Himself on the utility tower. Later, I saw him in “his” tree on the beach, and Herself flew in (I think to give her dinner order). He flew out, and she stayed for about 10 minutes. Will I ever tire of seeing the bald eagles? Nope. Never.
The eagle in the following slideshow was seen on the utility tower at Mt. Loretto Unique Area, Staten Island, on April 2, 2019.
I filmed the eagles over six days in 2017: Aug. 11, 20, 24, 25, 27 and Sept. 1, almost all shots taken at or near Mount Loretto Unique Area. The music includes Enchanted Valley by Kevin MacLeod (obtained from YouTube Audio Library) and Bassoon Concerto in C major and Bassoon Concerto in F major by Antonín Reichenauer, and Bassoon Concerto in F major by František Jiránek, performed by Robert Rønnes (obtained from MusOpen.org, a royalty-free music source).
The Staten Island eaglets, August 2017.
The adult bald eagles on Staten Island, August 2017 and Sept. 1, 2017.